My Song is My Own
100 Women's Songs
With full sheet music for every song, and accompanying lyrics, this is perfect for singers as well as readers. Each section is introduced with a a brief thematic history, showing how the music has developed over time.
From ballads to industrial songs written for the mine and factory, from folk revivals to children's songs for the street and playground, this book reveals the hidden culture and history of women for us today.
Kathy Henderson is an award-winning author and illustrator, whose books have received international acclaim. Her books include The Little Boat, which was shortlisted for the Smarties prize and won the Kurt Maschler Award, and Look At You, and Lugulbanda: The Boy who Got Caught Up in a War, which won the Aesop prize of the American Folklore Society.
Frankie Armstrong has sung traditional and contemporary songs which illuminate women's lives within the folk scene and the women's movement since the 1960s. She has been made honorary President of the Natural Voice Network for her pioneering work in making singing available and inclusive to all.
Sandra Kerr is co-writer of the music for the TV series, Bagpuss, and was for many years a core lecturer on the degree course in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University. She has also directed her women's choir, Werca's Folk, and the Sidmouth Festival Choir for nearly 25 years.
Part I: Love, Courtship and Desire
1. I Long to Have a Man
2. The Unfortunate Lass
3. The Thing is My Own
Part II: Marriage
4. Take Your Partners...
5. We've Been Together Now for Forty Years
6. Nothing Between Us Now
Part III: Motherhood and Childhood
7. We Must Choose
8. When Suzy Was a Baby
Part IV: Work - the Waged and the Unwaged
9. A Woman's Work...
10. The Boss's Darling?
11. Keep That Trouble Stirring
Index of Song Titles
Index of First Lines
Sources and Acknowledgments
135mm x 215mm